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YouTube vs. Online poker round three

Author: Vargoso Published: 19.02.20

UPDATE: Jaime Staples and other players confirmed that their channels and videos were reinstated on 19/02/2020. Unfortunately, this is the third time we have to report the same issue: the leading video-sharing YouTube is deleting many poker-related videos, arguing that "content is dangerous" or "sale of illegal regulated goods," among others. What is the reaction of the poker community on this subject?

YouTube vs. Online poker round three

Why is YouTube removing poker videos (again)?

In June 2019, YouTube deleted hundreds of poker videos because the content had affiliate links to poker rooms. The rules changed, and in theory, everything was fine until December, when the video-sharing platform attacked again, only this time the issue was related to a new algorithm that uses Artificial Intelligence to censor the content.

Once again, the poker community reacted, and YouTube representatives said the bug should be fixed soon.

Now, just two months later, another purge started, and according to the streamers report on Twitter, they didn't break any rule. This time different famous accounts were affected:

  • Jaime Staples;
  • The Drawing Dead;
  • Andres Neeme;
  • Doug Polk;
  • Brad Owen;
  • Zeros Vlogs.

Jaime Staples Twitter

Jaime Staples, partypoker Team Online member, has become the spokesperson for the problem, and he is collecting information from channels around the world to make a global appeal to YouTube.

I think I have got a way to help the #poker #youtube community (As my vlogging channel "jaimestaples" has disappeared from the site as of now.) Setting some things up and will tweet out my plan later. #goodforpoker

Staples has collected 20 accounts with issues so far that combined have more than 700,000 followers, but of course, the number of affected accounts could be significantly higher.

In our opinion, this new situation is still related to the new AI detection system deployed by YouTube, and hopefully, the learning process would improve soon.

If you have this problem, you must first appeal the strike on the video, and after that, you can join the Staples "class action" by writing to [email protected], or just migrate to a poker-friendly platform like Twitch. If you want to get more information about our affiliate deal for streamers, please reach our team:




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